Construction business moves into vacant Main Street building
B&I Construction has moved into the Keith Brown building on Main Street, which has sat vacant for years.
"One of the largest vacant eye sores in town is going to be a thriving business again," said Michael Early, master of the Molalla Masonic Lodge.
Bill Egoroff and Iggy Egoroff co-own B&I Construction, which has been in business since 2013 and has an A+ Better Business Bureau rating. They used to rent the Avison building.
"We wanted somewhere of our own," Bill Egoroff said.
B&I Construction provides prefabricated metal walls and trusses primarily for commercial buildings. They would like to break into the residential sector as well, but there hasn't been much demand for it in Oregon, according to Egoroff.
"There hasn't been a high demand for residential yet in Oregon," Egoroff said. "There has been in California."
The benefit of metal framing is that it is noncombustible, so in California, it is beginning to be required in residential building. In Oregon, metal framing is required for buildings that exceed six stories, per Egoroff.
The Egoroffs and company began moving into the new building on Oct. 27, and they are now getting settled in and fixing things up. They have improved the interior of the building with modern wood and metal walls. They have plans to improve the exterior of the building when the weather improves. The company is also open to the possibility of dividing their lot to provide some business space for rent.
While now they are physically situated in the center of Molalla, the business has long been a central contributor to the community. For the second year in a row, they have provided the equipment for the town tree lighting and decorations on Molalla Avenue.
"They have loaned the use of an 85-foot man lift to put up the tree at City Hall as well as all the lights on it," Early said. "They loaned the use of that man lift to put up every bow on the light poles in the city."
He added, "They have been magnanimous with the use of their equipment."
The Egoroffs said that they were happy and more than willing to lend their equipment.
"Everybody has got to help each other a little bit," Egoroff said. "Stuff like that, we have the equipment; it's here, rather than bring it out from somewhere else. So, we try to help as much as we can."
The business is now located at 545 W. Main St. in Molalla, where the community can expect to see changes to the outside of the building this coming spring.
"We plan to stay here for a while," Egoroff said.